Introduction to Mandarin
Children and parents have embraced the Mandarin Program which is currently in place in all rooms within our centre. We have at least one Mandarin speaking educator in each room and we enjoy celebrating their culture with the children.
Our educators provide a stimulating learning environment through music, songs, games, art & craft, storytelling and much more as we know learning another language is a rewarding experience and a life skill our children can use in a global society.
You’ll stay smarter for longer
Recent research has shown that bilingualism can stave off the effects of Alzheimer’s and dementia by years. Regardless of their education level, gender or occupation, bilingual subjects in the linked study experienced the onset of Alzheimer’s, on average, 4 1/2 years later than monolingual subjects did.
Study results out of the American Academy of Neurology are showing that speaking more than one language increases the amount of neural pathways in the brain, allowing information to be processed through a greater variety of channels. They’ve also begun to demonstrate that multilingualism improves development in the brain’s areas of executive function and attention, no matter what age the language learner is.
It boosts your creativity
Researchers are also concluding that multilingual speakers are more creative than monolingual speakers. Learning a foreign language improves not only your ability to solve problems and to think more logically, it also makes you experiment with new words and phrases.
Leveling up your second language skills forces you to reach for alternate words when you can’t quite remember the original one you wanted to use. It improves your skills in divergent thinking, which is the ability to identify multiple solutions to a single problem. – from 9 Big Advantages of Learning a Foreign Language by RACHELWAGERS